Members of the Sunrise Artists of Michigan currently are exhibiting at the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan. The public is invited to meet some of the artists on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. during a special reception.
Called Art Madness at the Besser, the group's exhibit features works by 32 of its 41 members and ranges from sculpture, pottery, jewelry and wood to watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel and drawing.
The Sunrise Artists of Michigan is a non-profit organization made up of artists and art lovers who want to help artists and communities in northeastern lower Michigan grow and thrive economically and culturally through art venues and publications. SAMI collaborites with and for the local art network and business community to further opportunities for artists to sell their work and at the same time stimulate traffic in downtown shopping districts.
Among those participating in the exhibit are Anne Sonnenberg of Alcona County and Jan Herring of Alpena, both jewlery artists. Sonnenberg works with beads, while Herring favors silver and precious stones.
Bill and Isa Hastings, also of Alcona County, both work in wood to create intricate wood sculptures. Judy St. John of Lincoln uses watercolors to paint in a neo-Impressionist-style. Carol Preuss of Mikado, a pastel artist, applies chalk on sanded paper. All four artists are featured in the museum exhibit.
Also featured are Bernie and Rose Blaszak, both of Harrisville, who paint with oil and acrylic. Three photographers from Alcona County Ken DeMar, Ted Fines and Venita Larson are participants as well. So too are Kathryn Cubalo, whose media of choice are oil and watercolor, and Patt Bacon, who is a watercolorist drawn to images of backyard wildlife and gardens. Both artists are from Alcona County.
Another participant is Kathryn LaJoie of Alcona County, a graphic oriented artist who does intricate designs in watercolor and acrylic.
Others with works included in the exhibit are Tacy Raymaley, Cindy Mullen, Milt Kelsey, Brett Walker and Barbara Wasserman of East Tawas; Mathew Friedemann, Penny Wojahn, Stephanie Rose, Karen Jonker, Janet Krause, Betty Fahselt-Senter and Michelle Bettega of Tawas Bay; Mary Lou Peters of Mackinac Island; Michele Parkinson of Au Gres; Sharon Ostrander of Oscoda; Lori Bayn, Mary Freiberg and Kate Kelsey.
Saturday's reception is free of charge. For more information, call the Besser Museum at 356-2202.